Last Updated Oct 15, 2008 11:01 AM EDT
- Inadequate nourishment can cut productivity by 20 percent
- In the United States, the annual economic costs of obesity to business for insurance, paid sick leave and other payments is $12.7 billion
- In Southeast Asia, iron deficiency accounts for a $5 billion loss in productivity
- In India, the cost of lost productivity, illness and death due to malnutrition is $10 to $28 billion, or 3 to 9 percent of gross domestic product.
- Remove unhealthy food from lunch menus (in cafeterias) and vending machines
- Ensure high standards of hygiene in areas where food is prepared or consumed
- Provide chairs, tables, a sink, a refrigerator, and a microwave in a kitchenette
- If you don't have a kitchenette available, invite a local caterer daily to sell food
- Consider offering company meal vouchers good for discounts at nearby restaurants
- During meetings, supply fruit instead of sweet or fatty foods
- Provide sufficient time during lunch breaks for workers to obtain and consume healthy meals
Any other suggestions for improving workplace nutrition? Share them in the comments!